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Deep-Dish Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

Photo: Alison Miksch

Active time 15 mins
Total time 1 hr, 20 mins
Yield

Serves 8 to 10

This giant, skillet cookie is exactly what everyone wants for dessert. A no-frill chocolate chip recipe that stays warm and soft in the center with a slight crisp around the edges is just how we like it. Serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and maybe a swirl of chocolate sauce if you're feeling fancy.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz.) salted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (about 9 oz.) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Lightly coat a 10-inch cast-iron skillet with cooking spray. Beat brown sugar, granulated sugar, and butter with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg, milk, and vanilla, beating until blended.

  2. Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Add to butter mixture gradually, beating at low speed until combined.

  3. Add 1 cup of the chocolate chips; beat until combined.

  4. Spread mixture evenly in prepared skillet. Top with remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips.

  5. Bake in preheated oven until golden and set, about 50 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes; cut into wedges. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

  6. Pecan Praline: Omit chocolate chips. Prepare recipe as directed, stirring in 1/2 cup chopped pecans and 1/2 cup toffee bits in Step 3 and topping mixture with 3/4 cup pecan halves and 3 tablespoons jarred caramel sauce in Step Sprinkle with sea salt just before serving.

  7. Mississippi Mud: Increase milk to 5 tablespoons. Prepare recipe as directed, whisking 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa into flour mixture in Step 2 and topping cookie with 1/4 cup miniature marshmallows during the last 30 minutes of baking in Step

  8. Strawberry Shortcake: Increase milk to 1/4 cup. Substitute white chocolate chips for semisweet chocolate chips. Prepare recipe as directed, beating 3/4 cup chopped frozen pound cake into mixture with white chocolate chips in Step Top mixture with 1/4 cup chopped frozen pound cake in Step Serve cookie wedges with whipped cream and sliced strawberries.

  9. Grasshopper: Omit milk and chocolate chips. Prepare recipe as directed, beating 3 tablespoons bourbon into mixture with egg and vanilla in Step 1 and stirring in 1 cup halved thin crème de menthe chocolate mints in Step Top mixture with 1/4 cup halved thin crème de menthe chocolate mints in Step

  10. Hummingbird: Omit milk and vanilla extract. Substitute white chocolate chips for semisweet chocolate chips. Prepare recipe as directed, adding 1/4 cup mashed banana and 1 1/2 teaspoons coconut extract to butter mixture in Step 1 and 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut and 1/2 cup chopped dried pineapple in Step